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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-
Abilene is a city in Texas with a population of 122,762. Abilene is in Taylor County. Living in Abilene offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Abilene there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Abilene and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Abilene are above average.
About Abilene...
Population
122,762

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$846
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Abilene Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    320.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    81.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    112.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    738.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,118.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    211.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Abilene

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,093
National
$55,322
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Abilene is a growing, bustling college town filled with a lot of history as well as new trendy businesses. I've been in Abilene for over 12 years and continue to love calling it home. It has a little bit of everything which makes it very exciting for tourists and locals alike. Abilene is very centrally located which means that any neighboring city is just a short drive away. Recently, some changes are being made to the historic downtown area including plans for a new upscale hotel and some new local breweries and restaurants which is sure to increase tourism as well. I love the people in Abilene more than anything. The city is just big enough to spread out while running into people you know every once in a while. I have everything I need right here, in little'ol Abilene.
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Abilene is a very family-friendly area, and a lot of funding goes towards children's recreation. The nearby military base provides a feeling of safety as well as jobs. It has a large population with a small-town feel, and many young people (there are four colleges in town) complain about the nonexistent nightlife. With the highest ratio of churches to population in the nation, religious diversity is moot. The majority of the population is white, but there is a large Hispanic culture here, as well as Spanish-speaking churches.
Abilene is a friendly town and it has plenty of things to do. However it doesnt have the best drivers, and not the best advertisement for some of the less popular activities; but, it is a lovely place to explore and find the local businesses!